Added on : 2023-05-03 11:30:44
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the United Nations chief said that the media is under attack in every corner of the world and warned countries to stop the targeting of truth and those who report it. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that there has been a 50% rise in the killing of media workers in 2022. Guterres added that the press “is the foundation of democracy and justice" and it is under threat.
According to Reporters Without Borders, 55 journalists and four media workers were killed in the line of duty in 2022.
“Truth is threatened by disinformation and hate speech seeking to blur the lines between fact and fiction, between science and conspiracy," Guterres said in a video message for the UN commemoration of the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. It was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993 and authorised to be held every 3 May.